Efficacy of the switch to modified-release prednisone in rheumatoid arthritis patients treated with standard glucocorticoids

M. Cutolo Prof., L. Iaccarino, A. Doria, M. Govoni, A. Sulli, C. Marcassa

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Abstract

Objective In rheumatoid arthritis (RA), low-dose glucocorticoids (GCs) demonstrate disease-modifying potential when added to DMARDs. Modified-release (MR) prednisone taken at bedtime (released 2am) is more effective than immediate-release (IR) GC taken in the morning. Methods In an open-label observational study, 950 RA outpatients (mean age 57 ± 13 years; 75% females) treated with GCs and DMARDs (83.7% methotrexate, 10.5% leflunomide; 15.8% biologics) were switched from IR-prednisone or 6-methyl (6M)-prednisolone to low-dose MR-prednisone and followed for 4 months. Morning stiffness duration (MS), pain intensity (numerical rating scale [NRS], 0-10), patient and physician global assessment (GA, 0-10 scale) and disease activity score (DAS28) were assessed at baseline, 2 and 4 months. Results 513 patients were switched to MR-prednisone from IR-prednisone (9.4±5.4 mg) and 437 from 6M-prednisolone (6.7±3.7 mg). Among 920 patients (96.8%) completing 4-months' MR-prednisone treatment, MS decreased from 58±37 min at T1 to 32±24 min at endpoint (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)498-505
Number of pages8
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Volume31
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Circadian rhythms
  • Glucocorticoids
  • Modified release
  • Morning stiffness
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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